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5 day quickie to Colorado Thursday- Never been. Where to go, where to stay...??

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

Need a ski break bad. I usually do the SLC thing. Been there many times but airfare and car is real high last minute . Now I can get to Denver for Thursday - Tuesday, plus a rental car, for $500. Actually will have Fri, Sat, Sun and Monday to ski. In late Thursday and out Tuesday afternoon.

 

Where to ski, where to stay, anything. Never been to Colorado. Like I said only west skiing I've done is AltaBird, Sol, PowMow, Park City, etc. Good intermediate will run blacks if they don't scare the heck out of me. Okay in pow.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by conzboneeus View Post
 

Need a ski break bad. I usually do the SLC thing. Been there many times but airfare and car is real high last minute . Now I can get to Denver for Thursday - Tuesday, plus a rental car, for $500. Actually will have Fri, Sat, Sun and Monday to ski. In late Thursday and out Tuesday afternoon.

 

Where to ski, where to stay, anything. Never been to Colorado. Like I said only west skiing I've done is AltaBird, Sol, PowMow, Park City, etc. Good intermediate will run blacks if they don't scare the heck out of me. Okay in pow.

 

Thanks!

 

If it were me I'd drive to Aspen and ski Ajax or Highlands.  I'd stay in Glenwood Springs since you are bumping up against Xmas week and may find Aspen lodging pricey.  You can drive up from Glenwood or ride the bus.  You could also hit up Sunlight for a day and get in your wayback time machine...will remind you of PowMow but even more laid back.  Not sure how well Sunlight skis in low tide conditions though so check with the local in Glenwood.  

 

Or go to Steamboat.....

post #3 of 24

Welcome to Epic!

 

What are your top considerations?  Saving $ on lift tix/lodging? Ski in/out?  Skiing multiple resorts?  Getting to know 1 resort well?  Shorter drive?  Less crowds?

post #4 of 24

Vail has the most variety terrain and they hope to open Blue sky basin this weekend after it snows.  But u gotta buy ur lift tickets on-line (5 days in advance?) or you get soaked for $129

post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 

If its big enuff mountain I would just ski it for the whole 4 days. Is Vail that big? I can and have spent 4 days at Alta and not get bored or even close.  I think Aspen is just too much driving for me back and forth from airport. I get in late Thursday.

 

Was looking at Breck/Copper also looks like Frisco is a good stay option. Close but the prices are reasonable considering Breck rooms start at $250 a night. I'm a Midvale Super 8 kinda guy. $65 a night with my AARP discount! :) Another advantage of the valley.

 

Shoot I should add this all up maybe the extra airfare to SLC will be offset by lodging and lift tickets. $129 at Vail? Is crack legal in Colorado?  Am gonna check Vail out now.

 

Oh and thank you for the welcome. I've actually been on here for 4 or 5 years but the last two have been down during ski season due to injury and personal stuff. I am now officially turned loose back onto the ski world....god help you all!

post #6 of 24

Vail is biggest in USA with more variety than any other resort.  Just stayed in the Avon/Beaver Creek Comfort Inn for $60/night via priceline.com. . . .2 minutes from Beaver Creek and roughly 10 minutes from Vail.  BTW, you also get soaked for parking but that is starting to become the case at all big resorts

post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 

Did you do a bid thing? I just went to the hotel website and its $1200 for 5 days. So I guess besides airfare and a car, everything in Colorado is 3 times as much as SLC. Wow, is the skiing there that much better?

post #8 of 24

Try priceline for various motels around Dillon/Frisco or try priceline for the Comfort Inn at Avon.

 

edit:  did you see this:  http://www.epicski.com/t/123928/screaming-deal-at-the-park-hyatt-beaver-creek#post_1657045

post #9 of 24

It was a priceline Express Deal and I expect everyone is switching to Christmas/Holiday highest rates of the year this Friday whether its Colorado or SLC

post #10 of 24

Will you be taking any other western trips this season? If so, you might consider picking up a Mountain Collective pass (currently $399.) which has no blackouts.

This would cover at least two days at Aspen. Then 50% off on additional tickets. This would potentially take the sting out of lift ticket prices. If you took another trip out west (Alta/Bird, Jackson, Squaw/Alpine, Mammoth, Whistler/Blackcomb) you would break even. If you took at least one more trip you would be ahead on the deal.

post #11 of 24

Discounts on Vail tix are hard to come by, but much easier to find with Copper (as well as Loveland & A Basin) although some of the best deals are gone.  My daughter's school might still be selling $10 coupon books as a fund raiser that have a number of 2 for 1s at Copper- PM me if you head that way and can't find another source for discounted tix.

 

Copper is a very good mountain with a bit of everything (and very light crowds as of today) but Vail is massive.

At http://www.lodging247.com/ (use the hotels combined search box down on the right side of the page) I am seeing the Snowshoe Inn (a 2* on Main St Frisco right at the free bus stop to Copper/Breck) for $450 and the Ramada Limited for $666 for your 5 nights...we are getting into X-mas holidays, so fewer deals around.

post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by conzboneeus View Post

Did you do a bid thing? I just went to the hotel website and its $1200 for 5 days. So I guess besides airfare and a car, everything in Colorado is 3 times as much as SLC. Wow, is the skiing there that much better?

I imagine if the Denver Metro was as close as SLC, you could find your $65 nt hotel a short ride from the Mtn.
post #13 of 24
Snowmass has ski in/out rooms for $89.
It's no Motel 6 in a smog infested strip mall, but the skiing is much better right now.
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by conzboneeus View Post
 

Actually will have Fri, Sat, Sun and Monday to ski. In late Thursday and out Tuesday afternoon.

 

I've done is AltaBird, Sol, PowMow, Park City, etc. Good intermediate will run blacks if they don't scare the heck out of me. Okay in pow.

 

I think Copper, Beaver Creek and/or Snowmass will give you the best steeper blue/black runs on great grooming, which is what I'm readiing into your description above.  They all have plenty of non-groomed blacks also.   Both Copper and Beaver Creek have downhill courses that recently opened to the public in the last week or so, for perspective on the terrain.   

 

Coming in late Thurs, I wouldn't want to do the 3+ hour drive to Snowmass in a snowstorm in the dark, and there is no reason to believe the snow is any better there (or the storm will hit better there), so here's what I'd do:

 

Stay in Denver West (search for that on the hotel sites) Thursday night.  That will allow you to sleep at lower altitude and acclimate.   Drive up (about an hour) and Ski Copper on Friday.   Get the Beaver Creek lodging deal above and stay at and ski Beaver Creek Saturday, Sunday, Monday.   Once you are at BC you probably won't want to leave, but you can always head to Vail on the same tickets.  Do that on Monday if you do, as Beaver Creek should be less crowded on the weekend.   Crowds really shouldn't be bad anywhere until after xmas. 

 

If you have time, you could hit a few runs at Loveland on the way home Tuesday on their half-day morning ticket 

post #15 of 24

Or, to go super cheap... skip Beaver Creek.  There is plenty of cheap lodging in Frisco/Dillon/Silverthorne.  Ski Copper, A-basin and Loveland with lift ticket deals here:

http://www.liftopia.com/ski-resort-info/state/CO/Colorado.htm

 

You'll have a blast either way.

post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by MWshredder View Post
 

Vail is biggest in USA with more variety than any other resort.

 

 

Vail"s not the biggest, nor does it have the most variety.  It's got no top end. 

Yes, it has thousands of acres of low angle terrain that make great groomers, but hardly warrant a turn on a powder day.

 

 

 

OP:

Early season conditions are vary dependent on skier traffic.  VR's selling 300K Epic passes this year.  Even if only 2%  show up on any given weekend, that's a lot of traffic on a thin base.

I understand you don't want to drive very far on Thursday night, but it might behoove you to think about it Friday afternoon.

 

My recommendation in order:

 

Aspen/Snowmass  (Big Surprise)

Steamboat

Copper

Winterpark

Beaver Creek

 

I think you could also have a really good time at some of the small resorts like Sunlight.  But if you are comparing CO to SLC, then I'd start with those listed.

post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
 

 

 

Vail"s not the biggest, nor does it have the most variety.  It's got no top end. 

Yes, it has thousands of acres of low angle terrain that make great groomers, but hardly warrant a turn on a powder day.

 

 

 

OP:

Early season conditions are vary dependent on skier traffic.  VR's selling 300K Epic passes this year.  Even if only 2%  show up on any given weekend, that's a lot of traffic on a thin base.

I understand you don't want to drive very far on Thursday night, but it might behoove you to think about it Friday afternoon.

 

My recommendation in order:

 

Aspen/Snowmass  (Big Surprise)

Steamboat

Copper

Winterpark

Beaver Creek

 

I think you could also have a really good time at some of the small resorts like Sunlight.  But if you are comparing CO to SLC, then I'd start with those listed.

Correct for it's size it has next to no variety....the most overrated mountain in the Northern hemisphere imo.  That being said it is fun to ski in great conditions which it does not have right now so I'd stay far away from it

post #18 of 24

Errrr what about Breckridge? That would be my choice if you enjoy slightly more challenging stuff.

 

 

There is a Super 8 in Dillon but I stayed here http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/colorado-silverthorne-mountainvistabedbreakfast.html and really liked the place and the owners.

post #19 of 24
We got good deals in nice condo hotel close to slopes in Winter Park through WP website.
post #20 of 24

Winterpark is pretty cheap and big enough for 4 days. I'd look there for sure as an option.

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post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 

Okay well after all is said and done and the pennies (and driving) calculated.....its back to the Valley Sunday. Yeah I know you can't teach an old dog new tricks. And I am an old dog for sure. Ate $150 change fee but since its dumping there and I know it like the back of my hand just takes a lot of stress out of the situation. I am changing up a little in that I am going to stay in Ogden and do mostly Pow Mow and Snowbasin for the week. May venture down to the canyon depending on the crowd reports but am expecting both canyons to be a zoo, as well as the PC area also. Hopefully up north won't be quite as bad, especially Mon, Tues and Wed. I love Pow Mow anyway had my best pow day ever there.

post #23 of 24
I know you changed your mind but for future Snow Shoe motel is a great deal and it's where a lot of the traveling skiers stay. It's in Frisco, cheap, includes berakfast and has a bus stop right in front of it. THe bus takes you into Breck and runs every 30 mins or so until about 8 and then every 1hr after. The last bus leaves Breck around 0130 meaning you ahve plenty of time to enjoy the night life. O and the bus drops you off at the Breck Gondola or you can do a transfer at teh frico station and get a bus to Copper, Keystone or ABasin basically you don't have to drive once you get there which is nice.
post #24 of 24

So how did it go?  Things have been skiing nicely here in CO

 

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